Our Story - Seeking After God's Heart
The vision for Mars Hill Fellowship Church was birthed during a 40-day consecration by Lead Pastors Joseph & Ophelia Ardayfio in the Fall of 2008. Seeking direction for the next phase of their life and ministry, the lyrics of Israel Houghton’s song Deeper began to resonate in their hearts:
“God, give us a heart, give us a heart
Give us Your heart, God, give us a heart
For the least of these”
"Break our hearts with the things that break your heart"
Praying for God’s heart, the Lord reminded Pastors Joseph & Ophelia of Paul’s missionary journey from Thessalonica to Berea to Athens in Acts 17. When Paul reached Athens, his heart was distressed to see that Athens was full of idols. Motivated by God’s heart for unbelievers, Paul delivered his famous speech “To the Unknown God” at Mars Hill. After meditating on this passage, God began to reveal that Boston was Pastors Joseph & Ophelia’s modern-day Athens.
In the Spring of 2009, Mars Hill Fellowship Church began gathering together as a mid-week bible study. The church commenced weekly Sunday evening worship services in January 2010. Easter 2010 marked the launch of weekly morning worship services in the Allston/Brighton area.
Through the weekly worship celebrations, small group meetings, and outreach projects, Mars Hill Fellowship Church accomplishes its mission to proclaim the reality of the gospel in order to develop balanced Christians who live Christ-centered lives. The church utilizes clear biblical preaching, the arts and media to proclaim every aspect of the gospel in a culturally relevant manner. Mars Hill Fellowship Church seeks to engage the mind of believers with an intellectually honest and reasoned basis for our faith.
We believe that the reality of the gospel can speak to all humankind, in every age, from every level of intellect and in every culture. We continue in faith, hope and love.
* Song performed by Israel & New Breed in the album A Deeper Level. Copyright 2007 Integrity Media, Inc.